As with any type of communicable disease, good hand washing is the most important thing you and your family can do to prevent contraction and spreading. The virus is capable of surviving on solid surfaces for several hours. Maintaining a regular cleaning program for community surfaces such as desks, doorknobs and other commonly handled items with a disinfecting solution or wipe, should be adequate to kill the virus on these surfaces. Keep hand sanitizer in many easy to reach places and use it!